GEORGETOWN, Conn. – Convicted felon Robert E. Bridges, a former resident of Greenwich and Redding, was sentenced to 17 months in prison for marijuana trafficking, according to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. attorney for Connecticut.
Bridges was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport. The prison term is to be followed by three years of supervised release.
According to court documents, Bridges had been convicted in 2008 in a scheme that defrauded investors of more than $5 million and sentenced to 70 months in prison. He was released in 2012 to serve a three-year term of supervised release.
In 2014, authorities said, he sought and was granted the early termination of his supervised release, telling the court that incarceration had made him a “totally different person” and that the “life-changing and life-improving process was used to make the most of every day.”
Just a month before that happened, Daly said, Bridges had applied for post office boxes at U.S. Post Offices in Georgetown, Riverside and Wilton.
On Dec. 18, 2014, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service sniffed out three suspicious packages that were being mailed from Woodland, Calif., to two of those post office boxes, Daly said. And when Bridges appeared at the Georgetown Post Office to pick them up, he was confronted by a postal inspector, she said.
After Bridges gave the inspector the go-ahead to search the packages, which were found to contain hashish and marijuana, he admitted to police that he had traveled to California, paid $60,000 for the drugs, and shipped them to himself, Daly said.
Bridges has been detained since his December arrest. In April, he pleaded guilty to one count of possessing with intent to distribute marijuana.
To date, he has paid $4,000 of the $5 million he owes in restitution relating to the fraud case.
This latest matter was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale.
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